Stuart Goldblatt, executive vice president of men’s and children’s apparel for Macy’s Private Brands for an impressive fifteen years, announced his retirement last week.
Goldblatt has been in the apparel industry for more than thirty-five years, and has worked for other major retailers like Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor and Carson Pirie Scott. He will be succeeded by Molly Langenstein, formerly executive vice president and general merchandise manager at Macy’s, who has played a central part in the department store’s efforts to reach Millennial customers.
In an email to the Sourcing Journal, Goldblatt discussed his departure from Macy’s.
“For some time, I have been discussing with Macy’s my retirement. However they needed time to execute a succession plan. Macy’s informed me they have come to a succession plan solution. Macy’s has wished me well and have granted me a retirement exit date of, March 28th, 2014.
A wonderful career for me, over 35 years, at May Company and Federated Department Stores, which of course you know as Macy’s today. It is an honor to work in a company, that has made me feel as though it was not just a job, but a career. A long career doing what I love, being able to grow the company and working with wonderful people.
I have been exposed to and worked with the greatest people, merchants and retail minds, for this I am grateful. In addition, tremendous enjoyment as, the retail apparel business is dynamic and thrilling.”
Goldblatt is determined to stay in the industry but did not speculate on precisely what his next move would be. “What is next? I am sure after some time off, I will find another exciting career to engage, within my great industry. However, I can assure you, my next apparel career will not last 35 years.”